closeup of a windshield wiper on a rainy windshield

How often should you change your vehicle’s wiper blades?

When do you need to replace windshield wiper blades?

Here’s a question for you to ponder. You’re stuck in the middle of traffic, and it is crazy busy with a lot of borderline maniacal driving surrounding you. As fat would have it, the skies open up and it starts to rain, making the evening commute all the more interesting. You instinctively turn on your windshield wipers, and lo and behold, they have made things so much worse. One of them makes blurry streaks out of the raindrops directly in your eyeline, and the other mostly misses the area it is supposed to cover. Perhaps you should have gotten replacement blades the last time you had your oil changed. This raises the question: When do you need to replace windshield wiper blades? 

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man replacing windshield wiper blades on a carWhen is it time for a change?

If you thought that the right time to replace your windshield wiper blades was about the same time you said “Oh no, they made everything worse,” you are certainly not alone. Replacing wiper blades is something that can easily fall by the wayside during the hustle and bustle that is life. We alluded to the appropriate time in our opening paragraph. It is recommended that you get a fresh pair of windshield wiper blades about every six months to a year. It turns out that it is also recommended to get your oil changed approximately every six months or so (but that really depends on your specific car; see your owner’s manual for specifics). That way, you won’t have to go through the stress of having old, dodgy windshield wiper blades hinder your view. Of course, if you forget, just remember to replace them as soon as possible after encountering an issue like the one outlined above. 

Why you need to have fresh windshield wiper blades

When poor windshield wiper blades hamper with your visibility during foul weather conditions, that can put you and other drivers in danger. It’s hard enough to see in a downpour when your windshield wipers are working properly, so you do not want to pile on the bad with terrible wiper blades. Stay in touch with the Findlay North Volkswagen blog for more tips and tricks!